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A one day digital marketing Masterclass in the skills required to develop a career in adventure journalism.

Why choose this course?

In this one-day Adventure Journalism short course you will learn from the failures and successes of someone who has carved his own path in the travel journalism industry from the ground up.

This masterclass is suitable for journalists looking to develop multi-platform skills or anyone who wants to move into travel journalism, or simply document their adventures and travels.

It also provides an excellent foundation for Public Relations specialists who wish to understand how to work with travel writers and journalists.

City, University of London is one of the most reputable universities in the area of journalism; ranking 1st in London for Communication and Media Studies, according to the Complete University Guide 2018.

Course overview

The Adventure Journalism course covers everything students need to get started in travel journalism, from building industry connections and commissioning work to seeking out and reporting on world stories.

You will learn best practice techniques for writing blogs and articles and get a good understanding of photography, video production and social media platforms.

You will study a number of case studies and examples that will bring this career to life and receive a step-by-step guide to setting up a career in travel and adventure journalism.

  • “ Time very well spent. Ash is a great presenter and I took away far more than I expected. I travel a lot and shall be trying to make even more of this by writing about it and, I hope, getting published. ”

    Building a Career in Adventure & Travel Journalism

    Former student

  • “ I had a great experience during my first course at City. The tutor was very knowledgeable in his field and inspired me to continue my learning outside of the course. ”

    Jack Opie

    Former student

  • “ Engaging and valuable content, quality lecturer ”

    Building a Career in Adventure & Travel Journalism

    Former student

  • “ It was really educational, providing lots of first hand experience and interactive conversation. I came away full of ideas. ”

    Building a Career in Adventure & Travel Journalism

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

The Adventure Journalism Masterclass will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Goal setting: to be paid to document awesome adventures and travels of other people and your own
  • Roadmap of a career in adventure journalism. Drawing from the tutor’s own experience, what are the key markers that will help you to develop the skills, experience and credibility to become an adventure journalist?
  • Getting started: how to make your blog work harder
  • Income and getting paid - journalism and other sources
  • Travels and your own adventures: Skills for travel and expedition
  • Developing your own writing style and finding your own voice
  • Finding subject matter and niches
  • An introduction to photography and video production.
  • Networking.
  • Online presence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – SEO.
  • Marketing and self-promotion: sending your work to interested parties
  • Getting free stuff: PR support, working out what people want, and helping other people out - write it for free first
  • Getting commissions
  • Treating it like a business
  • Learn to live cheaply to enable you to pursue your career
  • Make a five year plan and commit to the long haul: your resilience will pay off.



Prerequisite knowledge

A love of writing and a commitment to share your stories with others.

English requirements

Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

This is a one-day, seminar-style course.

Students will be guided through worked examples with plenty of time for questions throughout the day.

The learning environment is motivational, inspirational and creative.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

  • Levison Wood, Walking the Nile;
  • Rory Stewart, Places In Between;
  • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World;
  • Henry Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines;
  • AA Gill;
  • Norman Lewis;
  • George McDonald Fraser;
  • Tim Butcher;
  • Redmond O'Hanlon.
    Magazines: Sunday Times Travel Magazine;
  • BA Highlife Magazine
    Blogs: Tim Ferriss;
  • Ash Bhardwaj

Tutor information

  • Ash Bhardwaj

    Ash Bhardwaj is a freelance travel and adventure journalist, former ski instructor and British Army Reserve Officer. He has worked in every aspect of the travel and adventure industry, including public relations, travel writing and TV production. This gives him a unique insight into building projects that work for everyone involved.

    Ash’s writing has covered trips to Everest Base Camp, crossing deserts in the middle of summer, walking through crocodile infested parks in Uganda and the discovery of ancient cities in Cambodia. He is also a Producer of expedition documentaries and is the Founder and Creative Director of a Shoreditch-based production company, Digital Dandy.

    He has written for The TimesThe Telegraph and Evening Standard newspapers, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Etihad InflightTimes Style and Magnificent Man magazines; and the Huffington Post and Mail Online websites. His articles have been the front cover of British Airways Highlife magazine and the Sunday Telegraph Discover section, and his camerawork has featured in the hit Channel 4 series Walking The Nile. He has given talks on adventure journalism and travel writing to Royal Scottish Geographic Society, The Special Forces Club, The Telegraph Adventure Show, PGI consulting, Tales of Adventure and many schools.

    Ash is a Philosophy graduate of the University of Nottingham, commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and was a Media Guardian "One to Watch" of 2012.

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